Protecting an anniversary

One of the those Democrats-stepping-on-their-own-feet incidents has prompted an internet campaign.

A few days ago word got out that the anxiously awaited Iraq progress report by Gen. David Petraeus will be delivered not in written form but in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee—in Sept. 11.

The liberal blogosphere went nuts over the Rovian perfidy of the White House exploiting the emotional anniversary, but it turned out the date was set by the committee, chaired by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. So now there is an online effort to deluge Leahy and the committee with messages, phone calls, and faxes demanding the date be changed.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic floor leader, was not immediately available for comment.